Boy Ecury

Cast
Felix de Rooy
Steve Hooi
Johnny de Mol
Gaby Milder
Servé Hermans
Sylvia Poorta

 

Scenario
Arthur Japin

 

Director
Frans Weisz

 

Director of Photography
Theo Bierkens

 

Gaffer
Erwin Roodhart

 

Sound
René van den Berg

 

Production Designer
Vincent de Pater

 

Art director
Mark Hammel

 

Costumes
Linda Bogers

 

Make-up
Lia van der Horst

 

Executive producer
Frits Harkema

 

Producers
Sherman de Jesus
Cécile van Eijk

 

Co producer VARA
Jan Rutger Achterberg

 
Links
Official Website

Can a father forgive his son’s murderer?

After the war, in 1947, the prominent Aruban businessman Dundun Ecury (59) comes to the Netherlands to look for the body of his son Boy, who was executed by a firing squad in 1944. He only has one fact to offer him some solace on his quest: that Boy died with a smile on his face. Boy Ecury (1922-1944) came from the Caribbean island of Aruba; so why did he join the Dutch resistance? What did he do in the resistance? Why was he killed and who did it? What happened to his body? And above all, who was he? With these questions haunting him, Dundun Ecury sets off looking for the ‘living’ Boy. His quest makes slow progress. It is only the memories that keep him going.

At boarding school in the province of Noord-Brabant- where his father sent him – Boy had a hard time as the only black pupil. As a result he developed a powerful yearning for justice and learned that the best way to resist was by having an independent and personal opinion. Then war broke out. Along with Kitty van Huijgevoort (18), his great love, he dreamed about returning to Aruba. But at the same time, Boy started to resist the injustice around him. With great bravura and apparently without fear, he set out on his striking motorbike to ‘bait the Germans’. Slowly but surely his resistance became more serious. His dark skin turned out to be a great advantage, allowing him to distract the Germans. He joined the KP, a Dutch resistance group, and became involved in a killing, after which the whole group was caught and taken to prison. Next morning Boy was executed at the age of 22.


In Dundun’s quest for Boy, the confrontation with his probable executioner Ewoud is crucial. The encounters between Dundun Ecury and Ewoud in prison after the war look like a battle between two uncompromising opponents. After his first fury and disgust, Dundun Ecury slowly discovers the vulnerability in Ewoud that he missed in his own son, as they were separated. He finds out to his own dismay that he is starting to project onto Ewoud the care and love he had never been able to give his absent Boy. In order to regain some grip on reality, he is forced to concentrate on seeking the differences between the boys rather than the similarities. He’s convinced that Ewoud was a murderer and Boy was a resistance hero. Then Ewoud makes a revealing admission. While Dundun Ecury wrestles with this, Boy’s corpse is found. Dundun prepares to return to Aruba. Boy is destined to have a state funeral and be remembered as a hero. The question remains whether Boy really had killed someone. There is only one option open to Dundun Ecury: to forgive Ewoud, what he may have to forgive Boy.

Super-16 mm, colour
90 min
Dutch


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